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Stunning Craftsman Home Close to Beach-Free Bikes!

The Retreat's spacious living room with queen sofa bed, and dining room beyond
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The Retreat's spacious living room with queen sofa bed, and dining room beyond
The dining room seats up to 8 comfortably
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5.0 of 5 stars
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The Retreat's spacious living room with queen sofa bed, and dining room beyond
The dining room seats up to 8 comfortably
Enjoy breakfast in the Retreat's sunny and fully-equipped kitchen, looking out to our lemon tree
The master bedroom with queen bed, en suite bath and large closet (unseen here)
The view from the master bedroom, looking out towards the living room (left) & en suite bath (right)
Our master bath with shower and jacuzzi tub
Italian tile docorates the master bath
The front of our historic California Craftsman home on Beethoven Street
The Retreat's guest bedrrom with vaulted ceiling and skylights (unseen here)
Mirrored closet to the left of queen bed
The Italian-tiled guest bathroom
Our queen sofa-sleeper with Temperpedic mattress can be closed off from the other bedrooms
The Retreat's writing desk
Our green and flowering backyard is nestled under orange and lemon trees
A view towards our Italian fountain, framed by our backyard garden and orange tree
Our Lion Fountain is an exact replica of one from Tuscany
The backyard's tiered Italian fountain is a hit with the hummingbirds!
Hop on our complimentary bikes to ride to the beach or explore the neighborhood
View of the backyard from the top of the house
Our front porch is steps away from the corner bustop & over 25 neighborhoods cafes and boutiques
Beethoven's Retreat and driveway, which can park up to 5 cars
Laughing Buddha offers some home-grown lemons to our visitors!
World-famous Santa Monica and Venice beaches are right down our cross street
Take a walk down the colorful Venice Canals, 10 minutes by bike
The peerless Santa Monica Pier
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Santa Monica, California
Our fully furnished, spacious luxury 2-bedroom 'Beethoven's Retreat' accommodates up to 8 guests and is the ideal vacation home for a couple, a family or a group of business or vacation travelers. Situated on the ground floor of a California Craftsman duplex, this 1300 sq-ft gem is decorated with an eye for historical detail and has been newly painted and renovated with hardwood floors throughout. Its spacious layout features 2 large bedrooms (one with skylights & loft), each with their own beautifully tiled bathroom (main bath has a Jacuzzi tub) along with a queen-size sofa sleeper in the living room and a queen-size electrically inflatable air mattress. There is plenty of closet space as well. High-speed internet (6 megabyte speed!) with Wi-Fi and premium cable T...
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About the Owner, James U
Languages spoken: English, Italian, French
Response Rate: 95 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Nov 2011
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 53 reviews and 4 properties
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Listing #FKN2292078 by: FlipKey
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5 of 5 stars Excellent - based on 16 reviews
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English first
Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Superb home, safe, quiet, wonderfully decorated and the big plus of us: super convenient to beach and all the cafes, shops in the beach area. James was a great host. His backyard is awesome, quiet and green and peaceful that we wanted to stay there the whole day instead of braving the freeway traffic of LA! The BBQ made a...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Such a WONDERFUL home and host! We knew we were in for something exceptional with “Beethoven” in its title and James’ home lived up to its name and then some. The home is so beautifully decorated with artistic details from Venice, Europe, India — James has clearly traveled all over the world in his work as a journalist. James was...

Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

What can we say? I brought my family from Michigan to stay for five nights, and we were blown away by Beethoven’s Retreat. It’s so close to the beach and the boutiques that we love on Abbott Kinney. There’s a great backyard with fountains (and hummingbirds!), a spotlessly clean home with all the amenities including a bottle of wine to...

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (8)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Private Yard
  • Queen Beds:(4)
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Secure Parking
  • Shared Yard
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Stove
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pets Allowed:
  • Smoking Allowed:
  • Kid Friendly:
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Dates Min stay Per night
Default 2 nights
Nov 21, 2016 -
Nov 28, 2016
Thanksgiving 2016
3 nights
Dec 15, 2016 -
Jan 2, 2017
Christmas and New Year's
3 nights
  • Cleaning fee: $100 / stay - Fee
Additional Rate and Availability Information
A $300 security deposit is required to reserve Beethoven's Retreat, fully refundable within 5 days of checkout. All rates are for up to 4 guests. $35/night for each additional guest, Maximum 7 guests. There is a $100 cleaning fee. We accept Paypal (through which you may also use credit cards), personal or business checks (from U.S. bank accounts only), cash, FOREX wire transfers (for overseas guests), or travelers checks. All taxes are included. There is a 2-night minimum stay for off-peak dates, 3-night minimum stay for peak dates and holidays. No smoking and no pets please. Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds once a booking is made. We strongly suggest clients procure travel insurance before booking, such as InsureMyTrip or Travel Guard, In order to avoid any cancellation fees. Call us up and inquire about our special deals.
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How to get there
Airport: Only 10-15 min. by car to LAX : 5.0 mi
Railway: New Expo Subway Line: 2.5 mi
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 1.0 mi.
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